Yucatán re-opens

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Although Mexico remains on the Irish and British government’s “don’t visit” list which effectively stops visiting travelling there, the state of Yucatán has re-opened to visitors.

Chichén Itzá in the Mexican state of Yucatán

The importance to British and Irish holidaymakers is that the state is adjacent to the state in which our favourite Mexican destination – Cancún – is found and therefore one of the areas to which excursions abound.

Cenotes (naturally formed pits some of which were certainly used for Mayan sacrifices but many of which now are swimming holes) and archaeological sites, including Chichén Itzá, most tourist activities and tours, and haciendas, hotels and restaurants have re-opened.

.It takes about two to two-and-a-quarter hours, for example, to get from Cancún to Chichén Itzá.

Chichén Itzá was one of the largest Mayan cities and at its pre-eminence at a time coinciding with European figures like Alfred the Great and Charlemagne. Some three million tourists a year visit to see temples like that of Kukulcán, the Skull Platform,te Temple of the Warriors, the Cenote Sagrado  as well as castles and other remains. Not all have even been discovered for, like Egypt, new discoveries are being made.

All businesses that have opened will have the Certificate of Good Sanitary Practices and undergone an on-site review of their facilities. This certificate fulfils the requirements of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) and its “Safe Travels stamp” effort.

400 businesses have gained the certificate and at least another 800 are lined up for inspection so by the time we are “allowed” to travel there all that want to open should have done so. A list of all certified organisations will be found at Yucatan.travel/certificado-bupsy. Those sites that have re-opened such as Chichén Itzá and Uxmal, will only have limited numbers allowed compared to pre-COVID days so booking in  advance is probably to be recommended just on the off-chance you arrive and tours are full for the day.

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